January 2, 2016

Tomato soup + meatballs.

tomato soup with meatballs - a floral sunset
Lately, I'm really into cooking (I decided I wanted to make my own personal cookbook... okay, maybe 'collection of recipes' would be a better choice of words than cookbook. In fact, I'm only bundling my recipes) and strangely enough, I never made a simple tomato soup with meatballs. I know, weird since this is one of our classic Belgian dishes. Anyway, the winter season is perfect for curling up under a blanket with a big bowl of soup so I got inspired. I'm actually really satisfied about this soup because it's not too thick (I don't like thick, lumpy soups) and it has meatballs. Come on, meatballs... That can't be bad!

Ingredients

  • bit of butter
  • 2 onions
  • 2 potatoes
  • 13 tomatoes
  • 2 tbs tomato puree
  • 2 tbs ketchup
  • 1,5 l vegetable stock (or 1,5 l water + 3 vegetable stock cubes)
  • pepper and salt
  • 400 g minced meat
  • 3 tbs flour
  • 3 tbs (cooking) cream

Preparation 

  1. Cut your onions and potatoes into small pieces. Heat up the butter in your cooking pot and let the onions and potatoes cook for a little bit.
  2. When the onions are glazed, add the tomato puree and let it bake with the rest of the ingredients for a minute or so. Stir well.
  3. Cut the tomatoes into pieces and add them to the pot. Let them stove for a couple of minutes before adding the vegetable stock (or if you're using stock cubes, only add 1.5 l water and add the cubes later).
  4. Let simmer over a low heat for about 20 minutes. You can already make your meatballs. This is super simple: just roll little bitesized balls out of the minced meat and briefly roll them through 3 tbs of flour so you get these little snowy meatballs. Set them aside until later.
  5. In case you're using stock cubes, add the cubes now and mix the soup. Season to taste.
  6. Sift your soup and put back on a low heat. Add the ketchup to the soup.
  7. Add the cream to the soup and add the meatballs as well. It's important that you keep the soup warm but don't let it boil again once the cream has been added (apparently, that's important).
  8. When the meatballs start coming to the service, give them another two minutes and they should be done (but check one to be sure, you don't want to be serving these meatballs uncooked).

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